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Master of Arts (Christian Studies)

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Abbreviation: 
MA
Program Type: 
Research Degree
Program Duration: 

Designed to be completed in 2-4 years

Requirements: 
  • Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or its educational equivalent, of which 10 courses must be in the area of Theological or Christian Studies (with at least a B+ average)
  • Six units (two terms) of biblical languages study in the applicant's anticipated area of emphasis. Ministry Studies and Theological Studies applicants may choose either Greek or Hebrew.
Concentrations: 
Biblical Studies (OT, NT)
Theological Studies (includes Church History)
Ministry Studies (includes Pastoral Theology & Preaching)
Program Description: 

In keeping with the program objectives of providing opportunities for advanced study and research in preparation for doctoral studies or other leadership roles in the Church and society, M.A. candidates will complete six 6-unit courses at the graduate level. In addition, each student will write a 40,000 word thesis under the supervision of a faculty member, which must be orally defended.

The M.A. may be done part-time. However, it must be completed within four years.

Year 1:

  • Research Methods

One Interdisciplinary Study in Christian Theology, in examination area:

  • Biblical Theology (BS)
  • Theological Contours of Ministry (MS)
  • Ministry and Evangelical Thought (TS)

Two courses in the area of :

  • Advanced Topics in Biblical Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Theological Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Ministry Studies

Year 2:

Two courses in the area of :

  • Advanced Topics in Biblical Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Theological Studies
  • Advanced Topics in Ministry Studies

Thesis

  • The thesis project is a major piece of writing intended to provide an in-depth foundation for further study of enhanced knowledge and proficiency in a defined area.

Of the four "Advanced Topics" courses, please note that two may be 3-unit courses taken at the 6-unit level. One may be a Directed Study and one may be a Letter of Permission course.